Today I rode in the Media 2 car. Second to riding a moto (photography motorcycle), it’s definitely a great way to capture the entire race. You get to listen race radio, which can be a bit confusing, but after a while you get the hang of it. It helps to have guys like Pat (there in the passenger’s seat), who writes for Cycling News, decipher what’s going on. If you have ever followed live updates on CyclingNews.com during a race, there is a good chance he was posting them from that seat. It was a great day of bike racing here in Colorado and it was a treat to share it with some serious cycling fans like Pat and Terry (our driver). Here is what we saw along the way.
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You asked and Ted answered! Here are today’s selections from the #AskTedKing project. ( Read about it here.)
@IrvinPChaos – @iamtedking, #AskTedKing, Have you ever puked on the bike while in a race and kept on riding? Maybe pulled a DZ?
1. Hrmm, sure I’ve had a little upchuck if I cut the window of eating-to-riding too short. But only if it’s that in combination with serious go-time at the start of a race. In general, I like to keep my food down the digestive track.
@IrvinPChaos – @iamtedking #AskTedKing, what are your plans for when you eventually hang up your wheels? DS? Ted King branded bikes? Executive Chef?
2. Another fine question. I used to say that once I hung up the bike, I’d be one and done with the sport. The longer I’m in it, I recognize that cycling has given me a lot. A LOT. So for sure I’ll stay involved at some level, most likely as a mentor to a development team or coach or spandex model (err, not so much the last one). I’m enjoying writing quite a bit, so maybe stick with that – in cycling or in another venue. And for sure the culinary world speaks to me. Fun… at the end of the day, you gotta have fun. Dad taught me that; if you love your work, you’ll never work a day in your life.
@sac16 – #asktedking do you apply sunscreen before you ride? I’m worried about everyone’s skin. what’s the best kind for long rides. Thx good luck!
3. YES! I’m a huge advocate of sunscreen. The number of hours we bake in the sun is absurd. Sunny days, overcast days, cloudy days, yeah I’m a sunscreen kind of guy. Tan lines are cool and all but weathered, leathered nasty skin when you’re 45 is silly.